near Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb move towards
go up; come near; draw near; draw close; come on; approach.
- We were approaching our destination
- They are drawing near
- The enemy army came nearer and nearer
adjective not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances
- near neighbors
- in the near future
- they are near equals
- his nearest approach to success
- a very near thing
- a near hit by the bomb
- she was near tears
- she was close to tears
- had a close call
adjective satellite being on the left side
- the near or nigh horse is the one on the left
- the animal's left side is its near or nigh side
adjective satellite closely resembling the genuine article
- near beer
- a dress of near satin
adjective satellite giving or spending with reluctance
close; skinny; cheeseparing; penny-pinching.
- our cheeseparing administration
- very close (or near) with his money
- a penny-pinching miserly old man
adjective satellite with or in a close or intimate relationship
- a good friend
- my sisters and brothers are near and dear
adjective satellite very close in resemblance
- sketched in an approximate likeness
- a near likeness
adverb near in time or place or relationship
- as the wedding day drew near
- stood near the door
- don't shoot until they come near
- getting near to the true explanation
- her mother is always near
- The end draws nigh
- the bullet didn't come close
- don't get too close to the fire
adverb (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
about; nigh; almost; most; nearly; well-nigh; virtually.
- the job is (just) about done
- the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
- we're almost finished
- the car all but ran her down
- he nearly fainted
- talked for nigh onto 2 hours
- the recording is well-nigh perfect
- virtually all the parties signed the contract
- I was near exhausted by the run
- most everyone agrees
At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.
My wife! my traitress! let her not come near me. Milton.
Nearly; almost; well-nigh."Near twenty years ago." Shak. "Near a fortnight ago." Addison.
Near about the yearly value of the land. Locke.
Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh."As one near death." Shak.
He served great Hector, and was ever near, Not with his trumpet only, but his spear. Dryden.
Closely connected or related.
She is thy father's near kinswoman. Lev. xviii. 12.
Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a. nearfriend
Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version. nearto the original
So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a. nearescape
Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the. See nearox; the nearleg Off side, under Off, a.
Immediate; direct; close; short."The nearest way." Milton.
Close-fisted; parsimonious.Obs. or Low, Eng. ✍ Near may properly be followed by to before the thing approached'; but more frequently to is omitted, and the adjective or the adverb is regarded as a preposition. The same is also true of the word nigh. Syn. -- Nigh; close; adjacent; proximate; contiguous; present; ready; intimate; dear.
Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed. See the Note under nearthe land near, a.
Near transitive verb
To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship. nearedthe land
Near intransitive verb
To draw near; to approach.
A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist! And still it neared, and neared. Coleridge.
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